Barbie activities for all ages

Barbie activities for all ages

I’m not a fan of the Barb, but I could get behind these activities.

Though I have written over and over again about how much I dislike Barbie dolls for a wide variety of reasons, I have come across a few activities that make me think that the toy might have some potential. I’m not giving it a green light as a pretend toy for role playing of real human behavior until it gets proportionate, but that’s unlikely to happen anytime soon. So how about we do these two activities with the toy instead…

Pretend funeral. You can pad Barb down with cotton balls or clay under her clothing to look a little more realistic if you prefer, but simply putting her in a box and burying her can help you explain about death and role play for future funerals—or just play with morbid kids. Hey, I liked the idea of zombies and such when I was a kid, too. Of course, you could go a step further…

Mummy Barbie. The fact that I can link this to someone else’s blog makes me feel much better about my own macabre ideas. I am not alone! This lesson plan goes all out, including canopic jars for Barbie’s organs and linen wrap for her corpse. You can make organs to store, and guess what? Barbie already looks like they’re taken out of her body, so you don’t have to do any cutting. Neat!